First International Fathers Mental Health Day

dadsThe first ever International Fathers’ Mental Health Day will take place on Monday 20th June 2016 to raise awareness of postnatal depression (PND), antenatal anxiety and childbirth trauma experienced by men.

Mark Williams, who suffered all three after becoming a father and subsequently founded Fathers Reaching Out and Reaching Out Positive Mental Health explains: “Fathers, as well as mothers, can also experience mental illness at what should be one of life’s happiest times so it’s important to ensure that men talk about their feelings and recognise the symptoms as the quicker the help, the quicker the recovery. Health professionals also need to ensure that dads are given permission to open up about their feelings so they can stay healthy and support mums.”